"In a fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hand on someone's face. That's why I like bathrooms — lots of hard surfaces."The fictional bathroom can be a truly dangerous place. It is fraught with assassins, demons, and killer mutant creatures, to name a few. This is very possibly why Nobody Poops. A death or injury in the bathroom is a one-way ticket to a legacy of ignominy, and the prevalence of scary water-closet events seems to speak of a deeper human fear of vulnerability in this most private of places. Not to mention that some tricky assassins may exploit the assumed privacy and safety of the bathroom by Camping a Crapper. In this sort of situation, the phrase "Make It Look Like an Accident" can take on disturbing subtext. This generally has nothing to do with Ass Kicks You. See Swirlie for less injurious (hopefully) examples.
— Michael Westen, Burn Notice
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- The first episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has Panty getting sucked into a toilet by the Monster of the Week. Fortunately she's an angel, so we hear her duking it out with the monster inside the pipes before being spewed back out of the toilet Covered In Poo.
- In an episode of Gintama, the Yorozuya crew and the Shinsengumi are dealing with a supposed ghost (which turns out to just be an alien fly-woman, but they don't find that out until the end of the episode), and Kondo has an encounter with said "ghost" in the bathroom. When Hijikata slams his stall door open, Kondo is in there... head-first into the toilet bowl.
Gintoki: How did that happen?
- In Watchmen Rorschach kills two inmates who were trying to kill him using toilets, then makes a crappy pun about disposing of waste in the toilet.
- In "Welcome Back, Frank" the Russian beats the The Punisher with a toilet after he strikes him with a chair.
- In Nextwave The Captain uses the toilet cleaner and the toilet itself to deliver a smackdown to a parody of Dormammu.
- At one point in the The Darkness Jackie executes a hit on a heavily guarded mob boss by sending the Darkness through the plumbing. The mobster dies on the toilet and his guards are completly oblivious:
- Adam killed Zepp in the first Saw film. Then in the third film...
- The toilet bomb in Lethal Weapon 2
- Parodied in Loaded Weapon 1. Nothing happens to the guy.
- In Meet The Fockers, the cat (who knows how to use a toilet) flushes the dog.
- The Boondock Saints, wherein Connor McManus is handcuffed to a toilet as two Russian mobsters take his brother Murphy out to the alley to shoot him in the head. Connor, in a fit of Unstoppable Rage, tears the toilet right out of the floor, carries up to the apartment building roof and proceeds to send the toilet crashing down upon the head of the guy about to kill his brother as he jumps down himself onto the back of the second goon.
- In the Andy Warhol film Lupe, it is suggested that Mexican actress Lupe Velez was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl. May or may not be Truth in Television.
- Jason Bourne once killed an enemy agent with a bathroom. Not just in, with.
- The first victim of monstrous gigantic octopus that had taken over a cruise liner in Deep Rising is a woman who is hiding in a toilet. It is implied that she was forcefully sucked into the toilet, complete with blood-spatters.
- Blown Away. Tommy Lee Jones uses the toilet bowl in his cell to create a shaped charge, which blows a hole through the prison wall.
- Justified in Brannigan (1975). John Wayne is targeted by a hit-man who rigs up a Sawn Off Shotgun behind his hotel room door. In case he dodges the first Booby Trap, the hit-man plants a bomb in the toilet, knowing that a near-death experience would lead to a Bring My Brown Pants moment. Fortunately the Duke is smart enough to dodge both traps.
- A prostitute has her head bashed against a toilet until it breaks (not her head, the toilet) in Dream Home.
- The Alpha Bitch in Bad Reputation is beat against, then drowned in, a toilet. She had previously vomited in it.
- A girl is knifed in the back, then dunked in a filthy, leech-infested outhouse until she dies in Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers.
- James Bond
- In Casino Royale (2006), Bond's first kill (of two needed to earn 00 status) takes place in a bathroom. After much smashing of mirrors and porcelain, he drowns the guy in the sink. The mook was Playing Possum, however, and when Bond turns his back to retrieve his gun, the man leaps back up - and also cries out, giving Bond enough warning to spin around and shoot him. Cue opening credits.
- Golden Eye has Bond knocking out his first mook this way. "Beg your pardon. Forgot to knock."
- In the first Austin Powers film, an assassin tries to kill Austin while he's on the toilet. Austin turns the tables on him and kills him with a swirlie. In the second film, Scott tells Dr. Evil that if he has a time machine, he should just kill Austin while he's in the crapper and be done with it.
- Likely a homage to a similar scene in the 60's spy-spoof Our Man Flint.
- Two very long scenes in Copycat take place in a large public bathroom. Traumatic is the word.
- In the film version of Jurassic Park, Donald Gennaro abandons the Hammond children in the car with the door open to save his own ass when the Tyrannosaurus Rex shows up, hiding in an outhouse building. He gets the ignominious honor of being nommed on the can when the T-Rex knocks the building down and finds him.
- Variation: in Scre4m, Dewey gets clocked in the head with an (unused) bedpan.
- In Scream 2, Phil Stevens is stabbed in the head through a toilet partition while listening to a conversation in the adjacent stall.
- In Ninja Assassin Raizo's first kill is conducted in a bathroom.
- This happens in Watchmen. Rorschach electrocutes a guy in his cell and then smashes his head into a toilet, while giving this awesome quote. "Hm. Never disposed of sewage with a toilet before. Obvious, really."
- Second time in Watchmen. After Rorschach's rescue from prison, he corners a thug in the men's room while Night Owl and Silk Spectre wait. "Need to visit men's room." You see the thug hiding by the toilet as Rorschach goes in and can see brief images of him while the door swings back and forth. Then you hear a toilet flush, Rorschach walks out, and a big pool of blood flows from under the door. You don't get to actually SEE what happens, and that makes it even more awesome.
- In Critters, one of the Krites attempts to escape the bounty hunters by trying to squeeze itself down the hole in the bottom of the toilet. It can't quite fit, and the bounty hunter's weapon annihilates the Krite, the toilet, and most of the surrounding fixtures.
- In Pulp Fiction, when Vincent is hired to kill Butch following Butch deciding to bet on himself and win the fight that he was supposed to throw, he stupidly leaves his MAC-10 on the counter of Butch's kitchen as he uses the bathroom. When Butch comes to his apartment looking for a certain gold watch, he notices the MAC-10, takes it up, and blows Vincent away as he leaves the bathroom.
- In Unforgiven, one of the cowboys is assassinated while in the outhouse.
- In The Matrix, Agent Smith punches Morpheus in a way that he lands head first on a toilet and breaks it.
- One of the Discworld books describes death via red-hot pokers coming up through the privy hole. Kings live dangerous lives, sadly.
- Dean Koontz's novel The Face describes the death of the protagonist's ex-friend, gangster Duncan "Dunny" Whistler. He owed some guys money, so they sent a couple of thugs around, who submerged his head in a toilet for long enough to put him into a coma and eventually kill him.
- Ender of Enders Game fights a bully in a shower room, using its unique properties to his advantage. Though he doesn't find out until much later, this had fatal side effects.
- In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Footfall, a character is killed by holding his face in a toilet until he drowns.
- In Michael Slade's Ripper, the toilet is one of many, many fixtures in the mansion which the serial killers Skull and Bones have turned into a Death Trap.
- In Harry Potter Moaning Myrtle was killed in the bathroom and thus became the bathroom ghost.
- In A Storm of Swords, Tywin Lannister is killed by his son Tyrion while in the lavatory. This is followed by a Brick Joke that "In the end, Tywin Lannister did not, in fact, shit gold."
- In Midnight's Children, Homi Catrack is killed while on the toilet.
Live Action TV
- There was an episode of MASH where someone rigged a toilet to explode. It was an attempt by Cowboy to kill Henry Blake.
- In Episode 2 of FlashForward viewers discover one of the Blackout victims was on the toilet and afterward had to resuscitate a coworker whose blackout had left him drowning in the urinal. Ewwww. Clean Pretty Reliable CPR disgustingly AVERTED!
- In Game of Thrones, when Tywin Lannister pushes his son Tyrion too far, the result is being cornered on the privy and two crossbow bolts to the chest.
- George is killed by a space station's toilet seat in the series premiere of Dead Like Me. She's referred to in the Grim Reaper community as "Toilet Seat Girl," and try as she might, she can't escape the connection.
- Supernatural does this at least once- one girl holds another's head in a toilet until she drowns.
- In Frasier, Roz tells the following story:
Lupe Velez, the movie star in the '30s. Well, her career hit the skids, so she decided she'd make one final stab at immortality. She figured if she couldn't be remembered for her movies, she'd be remembered for the way she died. And all Lupe wanted was to be remembered. So, she plans this lavish suicide - flowers, candles, silk sheets, white satin gown, full hair and makeup, the works. She takes the overdose of pills, lays on the bed, and imagines how beautiful she's going to look on the front page of tomorrow's newspaper. Unfortunately, the pills don't sit well with the enchilada combo plate she sadly chose as her last meal. She stumbles to the bathroom, trips and goes head-first into the toilet, and that's how they found her. ...Will you ever forget that story?note
- CSI: New York had an ep where a guy died after getting locked in a high tech prototype public toilet. Water filled it and drowned him.
- Burn Notice provides this page's quote, lampshading how and why this trope can be very effective, even in Real Life.
- In one of ER's most frightening scenes, Dr. Mark Greene is viciously beaten up in the bathroom by an unknown assailant.
- Grimtooth's Traps Too has the "Cranequin Goose" trap (a pressure-triggered crossbow hidden down the privy) and calls it "A fine way for a high and mighty hero to die."
- During the part of the play test for D&D Next that was open to the public, there was a Tomb of Horrors inspired adventure called The Mines of Madness. Outside the mines was an outhouse. If you attempt to use it, you'd likely be eaten by a wurm that could be encountered later in the mines.
- The Real Ghostbusters toyline had Fearsome Flush, a "haunted" toilet that, when pushed forward, would sprout menacing eyes, teeth, and tongue.
- Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. You have a gravity gun that can launch heavy objects at lethal velocity. Most of the maps have toilets that can be picked up with this gravity gun. Needless to say, this is an iconic combat technique, so much so that not only is the kill icon for thrown objects a flying toilet, it's also in the title screen for the game. There's also an achievement in the standard game for killing an enemy with a toilet. It's aptly named "Flushed".
- In the opening of Splinter Cell: Conviction, Sam can make a hit man very well-acquainted with several different toilets and sinks in a filthy public restroom.
- In MadWorld, you can give your enemies lethal swirlies, though they're not so much swirlies as just dunking their heads into the toilet and waiting for them to explode into tiny chunks.
- You can't kill anyone in Bully, but a swirlie is still a knockout if you can drag your enemy to the toilets and flush 'em.
- The Hanako ghost also exists in Persona. It consists of a mobile toilet from which a gruesome demon peeks out and lashes out at the party... and it knows Mudoon.
- In Leisure Suit Larry, one of the many, many, many, ways to die involves flushing a backed-up toilet. Of course, you're required to use the toilet for 100% Completion, and one would instinctively flush it for more points.
- Similar to the Fearsome Flush example below, Ghostbusters: The Video Game has a Cursed Artifact in the form of an absolutely disgraceful-looking toilet. When you collect it, your HUD reads: "This toilet is making frightening noises...is someone drowning?" Turns out the thing has a bloodthirsty demon bound to it, and was involved in an assassination many years ago.
- In Saints Row: The Third, this is one of the weapons for fighting with at Murderbrawl XXXI.
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception features a Giant Mook as a Warmup Boss at the beginning of the game. After the fight goes into the men's bathroom, Drake defeats the guy by smashing a toilet cistern into his face.
- Fallout series:
- Fallout 3. There are numerous traps in the game, but one the most sinister takes the form of a toilet rigged to explode whenever somebody uses it, which in your case is drink from it. Some toilets also have mines placed in the bowls or tanks.
- In Fallout 2 one sidequest involves a cave under a toilet in Modoc. It is blocked by rocks that can be cleared with explosives, but that causes methane to explode. If you aren't quick enough, you may get killed and get a Non Standard Game Over, something like "your stinking body flew far away, the locals were too disgusted to bury it". If your party is wounded by the explosion, they may attack you.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, one opportunity to assassinate Papa Khan is when he goes to use the outhouse. Bonus points if carried out with explosives.
- One of the Cannith Challenges in Dungeons & Dragons Online, is called Moving Targets, where you have to kill a bunch of mobsters in their mansion. In this one though, they randomly teleport around the place, sometimes going to the toilets. One optional objective in this challenge is to actually kill a boss while he is in the toilets, making it an Enforced Trope.
- In Jet Set Willy 2, the toilet at the start sucks you into an inescapable death trap.
- In Deception4 The Nightmare Princess, one of the newest traps is a rigged toilet. On the surface, it's just a normal unassuming toilet. But plant a poor victim's butt on it and it'll give her a ultra-high pressure bidet that'll rocket her into the air.
- Going into the bathroom in any of the Corpse Party games is a bad idea. They have a high mortality rate.
- Danganronpa: When Sayaka Maizono's attack on Leon Kuwata failed, she attempted to hide in Makoto Naegi's shower. It failed and Leon stabbed her to death there.
- Reversed in Kevin & Kell. Kevin resorts to a loan shark who shows up via his toilet. The next strip shows little Coney in potty training on the same toilet, and the results: One dead loan shark, one full bunny. When asked about the effects of the shark would be on the young girl, she shows in a later panel what results: she visits the bathroom with a fishing rod.
- This strip◊ of The Perry Bible Fellowship where "Mario" apparently drowned himself in a toilet.
- Clyde's mother in the South Park episode "Reverse Cowgirl" constantly harps on him for leaving the toilet seat up, insisting that she might fall in. Guess how she dies later in the episode?
- In an episode of Robot Chicken, Venus di Milo from Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation is shown to have committed suicide by trying to flush herself down the toilet.
Cop 1: Ironically when she died, she crapped herself.Cop 2: Is that ironic, or just funny?
- Spliced: In "Pink", a mole-ster pretending to be Entree's conscience (It Makes Sense in Context) hits Entree over the head with a toilet hard enough to shatter the toilet.
- In one episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Yumi's malfunctioning security system causes everything in her room to attack her, including the toilet. ("No way," she says, when it does so.)
- In the Futurama episode "I Second That Emotion", Bender gets angry at Nibbler and flushes him down a toilet. This leads to Professor Farnsworth installing an empathy chip in Bender's head, which leads to Bender feeling sorry for Nibbler, taking himself apart and flushing himself down the toilet to look for him. Both are subversions, as they survive, but it leads to a meeting with the sewer mutants, and then Leela being left as a Virgin Sacrifice for a monster called El Chupanibre (It Makes Sense in Context, honest) which is defeated by being flushed down a giant toilet.
- From The Fairly OddParents, when discussing how Timmy's "Super X" wishes tend to go south, Wanda brings up Super Toilet, which immediately causes Cosmo to freak out. This gets a Brick Joke a few seasons later, when Cosmo meets Super Toilet and then seem to make amends... then the toilet slams its lid, knocking him in and flushing him.
- In extremely rare cases, this trope can be literal. Most bathroom fixtures are held in place by only a couple of bolts or brackets, often attached directly to brittle porcelain. If water pressures are excessively high, such as in a newly constructed building still fine-tuning its plumbing, the act of flushing can cause the fixture to break loose and rocket upward on a stream of water (if its any consolation, it will at least be a stream of clean water). Urinals in particular have been known to be prone to this.
- Between the inevitability of wet floors and the presence of hard porcelain, granite, and/or marble fixtures, bathrooms are considered to be a fairly dangerous area of any given building. It's not difficult to slip and hit one's head on something hard, including the toilet.